Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Dalgety bay - tales of the unexpected

I was expecting I might have a Red Admiral or possibly a Painted Lady to add to the butterfly list by the end of August, and though I suspect one of the latter was in the garden last week it shot off over the hedge before I could be sure. I even hoped I might land a Speckled Wood, since they've been reported in the square previously. What I wasn't expecting was this ...

Purple Hairstreak
Apart from that a fairly routine grind of additions with some more discards/escapes that truly reflect the reality of the Dalgety Bay flora. 2.5 a day for 1200 by end August. Looks promising.

1181 diptera Microchrysa polita A Soldier Fly
1182 fungus Paxillus involutus Brown Rollrim
1183 flowering plant Rheum rhabarbarum Rhubarb
1184 flowering plant Campanula rotundifolia Harebell
1185 hymenoptera Neuroterus numismalis Silk-button Gall
1186 bird Anthus trivialis Tree Pipit
1187 fungus Mycena archengeliana A mushroom
1188 flowering plant Aster novi-belgii agg. Michelmas Daisy
1189 fungus Chlorophyllum rachodes Shaggy parasol
1190 * lep-butterfly Favonius quercus Purple Hairstreak

End of Year feel...

It's only late August and there's over four months to go until the end of the year, but it feels a bit as though the year end is almost upon us. Clearly it's not, although the peak insect period has passed. Hope to get some nice autumn bird migrants, and will try to do a bit more on fungi over the next few weeks. We've had some reasonable rain over the past couple of weeks, which has freshened things up a bit, but I've done very little collecting away from the garden recently. A Willow Emerald in the garden this morning has taken me up to the 1800 mark, and quite a few lifers recently, as per the list below. I've also started on looking at stuff collected earlier in the summer - a whole winter's work there to look forward to.

1765 Marasmius rotula Fungi Collared Parachute
1766 Mycena tenerimma Fungi Frosty Bonnet
1767 * Miyagia pseudosphaeria Fungi Rust on Sonchus palustris
1768 * Xylaria longipes Fungi Dead Moll's Fingers
1769 * Anoscopus flavostriatus Hemipteroids Hemiptera
1770 Pyrausta despicata Lepidoptera:moths Straw-barred Pearl
1771 Opilio canestrinii Arachnids Harvestman
1772 Endothenia quadrimaculana Lepidoptera:moths Blotched Marble
1773 Polyommatus icarus Lepidoptera:butterflies Common Blue
1774 Stigmella speciosa Lepidoptera:moths Leaf mine on Sycamore
1775 Hyles gallii Lepidoptera:moths Bedstraw Hawk-moth
1776 Lestes sponsa Odonata Emerald Damselfly
1777 Morellia hortorum Diptera Muscidae
1778 Vespa crabro Hymenoptera Hornet
1779 Himacerus major Hemipteroids Grey Damsel Bug
1780 Helina depuncta Diptera Muscidae
1781 Agriphila geniculea Lepidoptera:moths Elbow-stripe Grass Veneer
1782 Trifolium pratense Vascular Plants Red Clover
1783 Dolichopus nubilus Diptera Dolichopodidae
1784 * Sarcophaga melanura Diptera Sarcophagidae
1785 * Phaonia rufiventris Diptera Muscidae
1786 Atethmia centrago Lepidoptera:moths Centre-barred Sallow
1787 Schrankia costaestrigalis Lepidoptera:moths Pinion-streaked Snout
1788 Epinotia ramella Lepidoptera:moths Crescent Bell
1789 Poecilus versicolor Coleoptera Carabidae
1790 Caliadurgus fasciatellus Hymenoptera Pompilidae
1791 Sarcophaga caerulescens Diptera Sarcophagidae
1792 * Sarcophaga carnaria Diptera Sarcophagidae
1793 * Orius horvathi Hemipteroids Anthocoridae
1794 * Limnophora triangula Diptera Muscidae
1795 Delia radicum Diptera Anthomyiidae
1796 * Lucilia silvarum Diptera Calliphoridae
1797 * Macrophya ribis Hymenoptera Symphyta
1798 * Anthomyia liturata Diptera Anthomyiidae
1799 Oxytelus laqueatus Coleoptera Staphylinidae
1800 Lestes viridis Odonata Willow Emerald Damselfly

Friday, August 24, 2018

Dalgety Bay- plodding

Still plugging away at the square but feels like cycling uphill. I know because this morning I cycled uphill. You feel like you're getting there but not quickly! About 3 a day currently, which is more or less enough to get to 1200 by month end in as unspectacular a way imaginable.

I have managed two new for county species though, so quality over quantity perhaps - Viburnum Beetle, Pyrrhalta viburni, and Mydaea nebulosa are both unrecorded from VC85. The beetle is about the north of its range, though that seems to be moving. The fly seems very scattered in distribution and I couldn't discern anything about its preferences from the books.

The moth trap has had decent numbers of moths on warmer nights but mostly nothing new, and last night there were more flies than moths - single digits of both. Temperature must have dropped off a bit. Again nothing new although I did put something in a pot in a bleary-eyed just-woke-up sort of way and it may turn out to be an addition.

Canadian Goldenrod

Viburnum Beetle
1172 fungus Pluteus cervinus Deer Shield
1173 diptera Eristalis horticola A hover fly
1174 diptera Cheilosia bergenstammi Syrphidae
1175 lep-moth Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches
1176 coleoptera Pyrrhalta viburni Viburnum Beetle
1177 flowering plant Solidago canadensis Canadian Goldenrod
1178 lep-moth Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
1179 diptera Mydaea nebulosa A muscid fly
1180 fungus Inocybe geophylla A fibrecap mushroom

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dalgety Bay- Mycelium Monologue

A decent short walk s morning pre-work added to an accumulating total of fungi (and some in boxes for afters). Might clear last year's fungal total shortly.

One of my faves came out on the lawn this morning - Weeping Mary - with her black tears of despair. Epic.

1163 diptera Epistrophe grossulariae A hover fly
1164 diptera Phaonia incana A muscid fly
1165 lep-moth Eupithecia centaureata Lime-speck Pug
1166 lep-moth Udea lutealis A pyralid moth
1167 flowering plant Solanum tuberosum Potato
1168 fungus Collybia confluens Clustered Toughshank
1169 fungus Coprinellus disseminatus Fairy Inkcap
1170 fungus Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Weeping Mary
1171 fungus Polyporius leptocephalus Blackfoot polypore

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Turning into a good year for moths

Had this super chap in my trap this morning. Given the very slow start to the year and the lack of migrant moths, I'm surprised to see that it may well be my best year in terms of species. The Bedstraw Hawk Moth was the 448th species for the year, and with quite a few autumn moths still to be seen plus various specimens that will be gen. detted in due course, I suspect the final total will be over 500.

Bedstraw Hawk Moth

Friday, August 17, 2018

Dalgety Bay - Fife fauna's fresh found flesh fly

A nice find yesterday in the form of the sarcophagid Macronychia striginervis

A pretty scarce fly all round it seems and a first for Scotland at some remove from the next record south (per NBN, usual caveats apply). It's been given the all clear from NMS though so that's encouraging.

Macronychia striginervis, f.

Not surprisingly the bulk of the numbers for the foreseeable will be made up of some ordering of fly-moth-fungus. Still pretty gloomy and damp here but the seaside Sonchus is getting a lot of attention along with the oraches and fading thistles. Lot of Episyrphus. Lot of Syritta pipens. Lot of Syrphus. Hopefully in among it will be some other gems like the above.

1152 diptera Tachina fera Tachinidae
1153 fungus Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball
1154 diptera Platycheirus granditarsus A hover fly
1155 * coleoptera Bradycellus verbasci A ground beetle
1156 * lep-moth Epinotia ramella A micro moth
1157 fungus Armillaria mellea Honey Fungus
1158 * lep-moth Cirrhia icteritia Sallow
1159 diptera Cheilosia pagana A hover fly
1160 * diptera Macronychia striginervis A flesh fly
diptera Dexiosoma caninum A tachinid fly
1162 lep-moth Dysstroma citrata Dark Marbled Carpet

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summer not over yet...

Felt a bit autumnal last week, with some very welcome rain, but a bit of summer again today, with a Dark Green Fritillary and second-brood Swallowtail in the garden this afternoon. A juvenile Turtle Dove was a welcome sight last week, plus lots of new insects for the year. It's turning into a good year for moths, with several species I'd not expected, the lastest being Tawny Wave, a RDB species normally found in the Brecks, this one could well have been an immigrant. A Convolvulus Hawk Moth was rather more expected but always good to see. The overall garden list now stands at 2027 species, with 1390 so far this year.

Hymenoptera have been a bit of a feature this year, partly because I've been looking for them, but some nice records in a total of 124 species, with 101 just from the garden.

Dark Green Fritillary

Convolvulus Hawk Moth
Tawny Wave

Turtle Dove juvenile

1661 Chromatomyia atricornis Diptera Leafmine on Artemesia vulgaris
1662 Blondelia nigripes Diptera Tachinidae
1663 Musca domestica Diptera Muscidae: Musca
1664 Protocalliphora azurea Diptera Calliphoridae
1665 Chrysops relictus Diptera Twin-lobed Deerfly
1666 Lissotriton vulgaris Amphibians Smooth Newt
1667 Tinea pellionella Lepidoptera:moths Case-bearing Clothes Moth
1668 Typhlocyba quercus Hemipteroids Cicadellidae
1669 Gasteruption assectator Hymenoptera Gasteruptiidae
1670 Caliroa cerasi Hymenoptera Symphyta: Pear Slug Sawfly
1671 Gasteruption jaculator Hymenoptera Gasteruptiidae
1672 Ammophila sabulosa Hymenoptera Red Banded Sand Wasp
1673 Chorthippus brunneus Orthopteroids Field Grasshopper
1674 Solidago gigantea Vascular Plants Early Goldenrod
1675 Arge berberidis Hymenoptera Symphyta: Berberis Sawfly
1676 Pyrausta aurata Lepidoptera:moths Small Purple and Gold
1677 Cryphia algae Lepidoptera:moths Tree-lichen Beauty
1678 Tinea trinotella Lepidoptera:moths Bird's-nest Moth
1679 Thalpophila matura Lepidoptera:moths Straw Underwing
1680 Acleris forsskaleana Lepidoptera:moths Maple Button
1681 Acleris cristana Lepidoptera:moths Tufted Button
1682 Ypsolopha scabrella Lepidoptera:moths Wainscot Smudge
1683 Pandemis corylana Lepidoptera:moths Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
1684 Acleris comariana Lepidoptera:moths Strawberry Tortrix
1685 Agrotis clavis Lepidoptera:moths Heart and Club
1686 Epinotia nisella Lepidoptera:moths Grey Poplar Bell
1687 Aethes beatricella Lepidoptera:moths Hemlock Yellow Conch
1688 Streptopelia turtur Birds Turtle Dove
1689 Tachina fera Diptera Tachinidae
1690 Eupterycyba jucunda Hemipteroids Cicadellidae
1691 Physiphora alceae Diptera Ulidiidae
1692 Phyllonorycter corylifoliella Lepidoptera:moths Leaf mine on Hawthorn
1693 Emmetia marginea Lepidoptera:moths Bordered Carl
1694 Agriphila tristella Lepidoptera:moths Common Grass-veneer
1695 Acleris rhombana Lepidoptera:moths Rhomboid Tortrix
1696 Mompha propinquella Lepidoptera:moths Marbled Mompha
1697 Choreutis pariana Lepidoptera:moths Apple-leaf Skeletonizer
1698 Pelurga comitata Lepidoptera:moths Dark Spinach
1699 Limnaecia phragmitella Lepidoptera:moths Bulrush Cosmet
1700 Eupithecia nanata Lepidoptera:moths Narrow-winged Pug
1701 Bledius bicornis Coleoptera Staphylinidae
1702 Linaria purpurea Vascular Plants Purple Toadflax
1703 Spaziphora hydromyzina Diptera Scathophagidae
1704 Archanara geminipuncta Lepidoptera:moths Twin-spotted Wainscot
1705 Acleris holmiana Lepidoptera:moths White-triangle Button
1706 Sphecodes monilicornis Hymenoptera Box-headed Blood Bee
1707 Camptogramma bilineata Lepidoptera:moths Yellow Shell
1708 Longitarsus rubiginosus Coleoptera Chrysomelidae
1709 Pyrrhalta viburni Coleoptera Viburnam Beetle
1710 Protapion fulvipes Coleoptera Apionidae
1711 Araneus marmoreus Arachnids Araneae
1712 Anthocoris simulans Hemipteroids Anthocoridae
1713 Sphecodes niger Hymenoptera Dark Blood Bee
1714 Catocala nupta Lepidoptera:moths Red Underwing
1715 Scopula rubiginata Lepidoptera:moths Tawny Wave
1716 Nomophila noctuella Lepidoptera:moths Rush Veneer
1717 Geometra papilionaria Lepidoptera:moths Large Emerald
1718 Xestia sexstrigata Lepidoptera:moths Six-striped Rustic
1719 Ennomos fuscantaria Lepidoptera:moths Dusky Thorn
1720 Phyllonorycter messaniella Lepidoptera:moths Garden Midget
1721 Lepisma saccharina RSO Silverfish
1722 Calybites phasianipennella Lepidoptera:moths Little Slnder
1723 Heterogaster urticae Hemipteroids Nettle Groundbug
1724 Deraeocoris ruber Hemipteroids Mirid Bug
1725 Azelia cilipes Diptera Muscidae
1726 Luperina testacea Lepidoptera:moths Flounced Rustic
1727 Ancistrocerus parietum Hymenoptera Wall Mason Wasp
1728 Mormo maura Lepidoptera:moths Old Lady
1729 Agrotis vestigialis Lepidoptera:moths Archer's Dart
1730 Agrius convolvuli Lepidoptera:moths Convolvulus Hawk-moth
1731 Ledra aurita Hemipteroids Cicadellidae
1732 Phyllotreta nigripes Coleoptera Chrysomelidae
1733 Euides speciosa Hemipteroids Delphacidae (Planthopper)
1734 Paralimnus phragmitis Hemipteroids Cicadellidae
1735 Peltodytes caesus Coleoptera Haliplidae
1736 Holocentropus picicornis RSO Caddis Fly
1737 Episyron rufipes Hymenoptera Pompilidae
1738 Psallus falleni Hemipteroids Miridae
1739 Hylaeus communis Hymenoptera Common Yellow-face Bee
1740 Netelia melanura Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae
1741 Phytocoris populi Hemipteroids Miridae
1742 Drosophila hydei Diptera Drosophilidae
1743 Agonopterix subpropinquella Lepidoptera:moths Ruddy Flat-body
1744 Hordeum distichon Vascular Plants Two-rowed Barley
1745 Terellia serratulae Diptera Tephriditae
1746 Linnaemya picta Diptera Tachinidae
1747 Ectemnius lituratus Hymenoptera Crabronidae
1748 Cheilosia impressa Diptera Syrphidae
1749 Oncopsis flavicollis Hemipteroids Cicadellidae
1750 Macaria liturata Lepidoptera:moths Tawny-barred Angle
1751 Celypha rosaceana Lepidoptera:moths Roseate Marble
1752 Tholera cespitis Lepidoptera:moths Hedge Rustic
1753 Cryphia domestica Lepidoptera:moths Marbled Beauty
1754 Phanacis hypochoeridis Hymenoptera Cynipidae- Stem gall on Cat's Ear
1755 Xestia xanthographa Lepidoptera:moths Square-spot Rustic
1756 Philonthus quisquiliarius Coleoptera Staphylinidae
1757 Ribautiana ulmi Hemipteroids Cicadellidae
1758 Claviceps purpurea Fungi Ergot
1759 Lestiphorus bicinctus Hymenoptera Crabronidae
1760 Gastrophysa polygoni Coleoptera Chrysomelidae
1761 Phylidorea ferruginea Diptera Crane Fly
1762 Corizus hyoscyami Hemipteroids Rhopalidae
1763 Dexiosoma caninum Diptera Tachinidae
1764 Argynnis aglaja Lepidoptera:butterflies Dark Green Fritillary

Dalgety Bay - Cracking Bolete, Gromit

Back on track to reach a targetted 1200 by end August. There are three categories I'd like to go over 200 in which I haven't reached yet - fungi, diptera and moths. We'll see, but the signs aren't at all bad at this point.

Cracking Bolete, X.chrysenteron

Nicrophorus investigator

Spot-the-difference indoctrination

1144 coleoptera Nicrophorus investigator A burying beetle
1145 flowering plant Polygonum arenastrum Equal-leaved Knotgrass
1146 fungus Bolbitius titubans A fungus
1147 fungus Gymnopus acervatus A mushroom
1148 fungus Xerocomellus chrysenteron Cracking Bolete
1149 fungus Agaricus arvensis Horse Mushroom
1150 lep-moth Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic
1151 lep-moth Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dalgety Bay - Sleeping Village

Garchinovo, Bulgaria
In the plunge pool of Scottish weather after a week of 30+ temperatures in Bulgaria. Hasn't stopped raining since we arrived but the fungi are starting to respond. Marasmius rotula (Collared Parachute) are absolutely on every small twig on the woodland floor and a couple of additions were scooped yesterday during a rainy lunchtime walk. Looking forward to bending my mind around all the shrooms that are about to pop up.

Milking Bonnet - Mycena galopus

Bulgarian garden list included: Golden Oriole, Turtle Dove, RB Shrike, Nuthatch, Syrian Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Red-rumped Swallow, Hoopoe, Bee-eater. Butterflies and Orthoptera were off the hook. Probably like being in East Anglia.

The two new additions since returning
1142 fungus Russula atropurpurea Purple Brittlegill
1143 fungus Mycena galopus Milking Bonnet

Before the village fades into distant memory, here's another village song from the might Sabbath

Saturday, August 4, 2018

800 up at Thorne

Still making much better progress than last year at Thorne. Now on 812 species made up from the following groups;
Mammals 11, birds 53, amphibians 3, fish 1, odonata 13, orthoptera 6, hemiptera 25, hymenoptera 40, butterflies 21, moths 169, coleopteran 26, diptera 48, insects (RSO) 3, mollusc 19, spiders 14, crustacean 6, annelids 5, plants 278, bryrophytes 17, fungi 26 & lichens 28.

Eype is going much slower mostly due to the fact I have not made nearly as many visits as I had initially planned. Eype currently on 665.

Rhinocerous in the garden

Five of these tiny rove beetles came to the light trap last night - Bledius bicornis, a nationally scarce staphylinid normally found in salt marshes round the coast. Pretty cool things. Have now crept over the 1700 mark.

Bledius bicornis, nationally scarce rove beetle

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dalgety Bay - autumnal air

Well shortly I shall be off to a village in the Danube delta to the birthplace of my beloved, where we shall pick fruit and veg from the garden, eggs from the chickens and honey from the bees, all the while watching the skies for migrating cranes, storks and raptors to the sound of bee-eaters on the washing lines. It will be so hard! (to come back ...)

Anyway, very quickly a chance to sprinkle a few more individuals onto the pile. Autumn is in full swing with grey skies and a bay full of returning waders - Turnstones looking very dapper still. The annual arrival of female Goosanders hit the bay too so those were nice to see this morning. Only one more bird species and I'll reach last year's properly poor tally of 90 before vismig really gets underway (still no Sand Martins or Tree Pips).

I expect by the time I get back we'll be in full "fungus and flies" swing with time for little else. I did manage to add a beetle or two though, which has been a pretty scarce occurrence this year.

Goosanders. Honest, guv.

Am I weevil? Yes I am

1115 coleoptera Serica brunnea Brown Chafer
1116 lep-moth Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak
1117 diptera Lydella stabulans A tachinid fly
1118 hymenoptera Ancistrocerus gazella A wasp
1119 lep-moth Blastobasis lacticolella A micromoth
1120 lep-moth Perizoma alchemillata Small Rivulet
1121 lep-moth Amphipyra pyramidea Copper underwing
1122 lep-moth Ypsolopha sequella  A micromoth
1123 lep-moth Ypsolopha dentella Honeysuckle Moth
1124 flowering plant Fragaria vesca Wild Strawberry
1125 cnidarian Cyanea capillata Lion's Mane Jellyfish
1126 coleoptera Rhinoncus pericarpius  A polygonaceae weevil
1127 diptera Tipula paludosa Tipuloidea
1128 bird Mergus merganser Goosander

And a holiday-related tune which I can't get out of my head